Remote wireless feeder monitoring

ABB and Elster introduce joint solutions for AMI and distribution automation convergence.

San Diego, Calif., February 11, 2011—ABB (NYSE: ABB), a power and automation group, and Elster (NYSE: ELT), a smart grid systems and solutions company, have announced the integration of Elster’s Alpha-based medium voltage (MV) AGInode monitoring and communications platform with ABB’s new SCC-125 split-core combination voltage and current sensor. The integrated product will provide remote wireless feeder monitoring at the medium voltage level.

This new product offering is another example of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation (DA) convergence solutions. “Utilities will not only realize the ease of installation and metering-class accuracy offered by ABB’s SCC-125, but will also realize the significant benefits from Elster’s field-proven EnergyAxis-enabled Alpha metering platform with its flexible integrated communication options,” it’s reported. Data gathered from medium voltage sensing points can now be combined and time-synchronized with other system-level data—allowing utilities to more efficiently monitor and operate their distribution network. In the past, utilities have not had access to real-time power measurement data on distribution feeders due to the lack of cost-effective, field-proven technology.

“Elster’s introduction of AMI-DA convergence solutions for utilities, including this combined system with ABB, is indicative of our commitment to developing and enhancing our initiatives in advanced grid infrastructure,” said Mark Munday, president and chief executive officer of Elster Solutions.

“ABB’s history of innovation in utility-grade technology coupled with our field-proven solutions in AMI-DA convergence give utilities the missing elements that will enable a host of critical applications, including adaptive voltage conservation, load control and transformer monitoring,” Munday added.

This offering provides utilities with a cost-effective solution for plug-and-play metering of overhead medium voltage feeders. It can either be integrated into existing SCADA infrastructure or into Elster’s EnergyAxis communications system.

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